KITTY FLATS!!!!

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What I wore Monday.

Rockin’ my new CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA FLATS!!!!  So excited about these.  Didn’t even know she made rubber versions of her classic kitty flats, so when I saw them shopping in NYC I was over the moon.

I let them pop against my go-to leopard dress in a simple silhouette, with minimal gold jewelry.  I think they look so great up against the bright green grass and flowers!  I know I’m going to be rocking these babies everywhere the rest of spring and all of summer.

What I wore:

  • Allison Joy dress from Hot Mama Boutique
  • Charlotte Olympia flats from Bergdorf Goodman
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs bag
  • Forever 21 bracelet
  • Macy’s earring

Have a fun rest of the week, all!

Spinnin’ Like A Girl in A Brand New Dress

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Beautiful spring day made all the better by beautiful cherry trees!  Didn’t even realize when picking my outfit how well the flowers on my favorite sum:

mer dress echo the cherry blooms!  It got so warm today I had to lose the shirt underneath.  I really liked it styled this way, I don’t usually do collared shirts under dresses for comfort reasons, but other than the temperature this worked well, and was a great way to put a twist on a go-to dress (which I will be wearing by itself all summer).

Rocking my adorable DV8 flats with the mismatched heart and envelope that I’ve shown in a previous post.

Rose gold jewelry and a strand of faux pearls.  My mom got me this awesome rose gold cuff that adds some edge to the look.

The stitching on this otherwise simple dress makes it really flattering.  It hits at just the right spot on my waist and the stitching on the bodice at the sides and top adds interest.

What I’m wearing today:

  • Forever 21 dress
  • Limited Too shirt (throwback, right?  I’ve had it since 8th grade)
  • DV8 flats
  • necklace from M2 Boutique
  • earrings from Nordstrom
  • cuff a present from my mom
  • Melie Bianco bag (not pictured)
  • Aunt Florence’s watch, of course

Happy Spring!

Title from “Holy Ground” by Taylor Swift

Big Apple Girl

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What I wore on my trip to NYC this past weekend!

This dress was an amazing find over spring break.  The colorful floral print is perfect, and between the zippers that make it a mix of girly and high-fashion edgy, and the fit-and-flare style (my go-to)  I feel like it was made for me.  I knew I wanted to pair it with my combat boots, and bold accessories, and that’s just what I did.

I chose to pick two colors in the dress and match accessories to them–a yellow purse and a bold pink lip (I’m a big fan of lipstick as an accessory).  The sunglasses, especially with the lipstick, make me feel so chic.  And all I needed to add to that was some simple silver jewelry.  To stay warm I wore my cropped navy faux-leather jacket by Ali & Kris, not pictured.

Had to take a pic in front of Bergdorf’s, where I did some awesome shopping on their famous fifth floor, which features favorite lines like Milly, Tibi, DVF, Theory, and Rag & Bone.  I got a few great pieces you will definitely be  seeing on here in the coming weeks!

What I wore in NYC:

  • MSGM dress from Nordstrom
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Street Level bag from Nastygal.com
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors bracelet
  • Hue tights
  • earrings from Clothes Minded Boutique
  • Smashbox (an awesome cruelty-free makeup brand) lipstick in Fuschia
  • and of course, my eternally chic Aunt Florence’s watch

 

Hope you all feel amazing this week.  Thanks so much for reading my blog!

 

 

Some awesome looks from last week.

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Busy college life means I’m just posting these looks from last Monday and Wednesday, but I love them both!

First up, my all-time fave floral dress, paired with a classic cardi and a new statement necklace that I got at a jewelry sale at my school’s campus center (a fun surprise!).  Not to mention my awesome leopard–print oxfords.  I love to mix prints with this dress, and I do often because I worn it a million ways.

What I wore Monday:

  • Forever 21 dress and shoes
  • J. Crew cardigan I took from my mom
  • bracelet I also took from my mom
  • Necklace from jewelry sale
  • Ann Taylor tights
  • Vince Camuto earrings
  • wore my Rachel Rachel Roy bag with this, not pictured.

Next, Wednesday’s look.  An all time fave.  My crazy pants, back again.  Color coordinated and bold, but the slouchy white tee keeps it cool and not stuffily matchy-matchy.  I love the bold gold and edgy details with the pastels, and I’m rocking a new fave necklace that comes with two layered rows with little pastel stones.  Love layered necklaces, they add so much interest.

What I wore Wednesday:

  • J. Crew Collection pants
  • Forever 21 vest
  • Dakota Collective tee from Coco & Cashmere Boutique
  • Steve Madden Bag from T.J. Maxx, a b-day gift from Jenn
  • necklace from M2 Boutique
  • Francesca’s Collections belt
  • Guess bracelet
  • don’t remember what earrings I’m wearing, either little gold hoops from Macy’s or Vince Camuto gold studs

And of course, I always wear my beautiful Aunt Florence’s beautiful watch.

Have a great week all!

I’m in Your Head and Everybody Knows

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My look from Friday–I felt awesome in this look!

Not usually one for collarless blouses like this one, but this particular one is so flattering and chic, and tucked into these pants with a belt like I did here I felt very put-together.

Obviously these are my statement pants that I love.  The look was very color-coordinated and matchy with the pants (the mint bag with gold hardware, gold jewelry, and I kept warm with a mint J. Crew cardigan), but what makes it not too matchy is the pop of red in the lip.  Classic chic.  It’s a good thing to note–a pop of color can work in an outfit that does have other color, not just with neutrals, as long as the rest of the color palette is pretty simple and very different from the pop of other color you’re adding.

Love this necklace with the layers of gold chain, faux pearls and rhinestones with this–adds edge into the mix while also having a sophisticated element.

This new bag is also a total fave. Great size, classic but in a fun, trendy color.

What I wore:

  • J. Crew Collection Pants
  • J. Crew Factory Store top
  • Boutique 9 flats
  • Forever 21 necklace and bag
  • Earrings from Macy’s (?)
  • Bracelet I took from my mom :)
  • My Aunt Florence’s watch, freshly repaired.
  • Bare Minerals lipstick in Moxie

Title is a great lyric from one of my all-time favorite songs, Supergirl by Saving Jane.

Have a great week all!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Pics from a lovely lunch this past Sunday with my girlfriends.  Love these ladies.  Girlfriends are the absolute best.  These gals are Pascal, Sammy, and Rachel, and I have some other awesome girls I’m really close with too.  I miss them all when I’m at school!

I love an effortless but stylish look like this for a fun weekend day.  I’m really excited about these new Current Elliot distressed, striped boyfriend jeans.  They’re going to look great with lots of things.  I am also a big fan of the half-tuck styling trick, where you tuck a top in in the front and not the back.  It looks put-together and effortless; less stuffy and more comfortable than a full tuck.

Let’s talk about these flats.  They have a heart on one foot and an envelope on the other–love letter!  They’re from this new brand I’m obsessed with and have been wanting to write about, DV8 (as in deviate, get it?) by popular shoe label Dolce Vita.  Dolce Vita is really great about making their shoes accessible–this is their second diffusion line (joining DV Dolce Vita) and they even did a line for Target a few years back!  This line is their best yet though, if you ask me.  It’s targeted at a younger crowd, consists of faux-leather and non-leather shoes (yay!)  and, as this pair shows, is totally playful and whimsical.  Some other great pieces from the line include flat espadrilles printed to look like a watermelon, yellow canvas smiley-face printed ballet flats, sassy high-tops and slingback flats with oversize bows on the back.  I also have a pair of canvas ballet flats by them with stripes of different bold, colorful prints, but they are significantly less comfortable than these–they rubbed the backs of my heels and need some stretching out.  Still, very excited about this line and will look for more by them for sure!  You can find the line on delias.com or at Nordstrom.

Also got this adorable red studded bangle at Gap on super sale this week.  It’s a great fun, edgy pop of color.

Thanks to my girlies for being on my blog this week!

What I wore:

  • Halogen tee from Nordstrom
  • Current Elliot jeans
  • DV8 by Dolce Vita flats
  • BGBGMAXAZRIA earrings and bag
  • Gap bangle
  • Express jacket
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses

Don’t think I need to tell you where the title’s from.  Thanks to Sammy for suggesting it!

XOXOXO

Aria Montgomery Style Inspiration

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Been a bit under the weather and on spring break this past week (hence how tired I look in this pic) so I mostly wore more relaxed outfits, but this was a stylish fave from the week.  Following my new style motto “What would Aria Montgomery wear?” (as in Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars).  I am obsessed with her bold clothes, accessories, and crazy combinations that she somehow makes work.  And we share a love of leopard print, statement jewelry and Betsey Johnson.  I feel like this look is very her and also very me.

I got this dress from a great new boutique on Southport in Chicago called Hot Mama.  It’s totally going to be my new go-to casual dress–I love fit and flare dresses, and this is a comfy t-shirt style with the perfect, versatile leopard print and a cool exposed zipper in the back.  It will look great with other neutrals or with pops of color (like here), with statement jewelry, with belts, and under vests and jackets.  This is sure to be the first of many outfits with it to come.

This bold green Betsey Johnson belt complimented the dress really well and defined my waist.  A favorite long Forever 21 pendant, featuring a teal cameo with a bow on it, was another fun pop of color.

Although it’s not pictured I carried my Stella McCartney Falabella bag with this look and wore a taupe faux-leather jacket from Express when I was chilly.

What I wore:

  • Allison Joy dress from Hot Mama Boutique
  • Betsey Johnson belt
  • Madden Girl boots
  • Forever 21 necklace
  • Vince Camuto earrings
  • Bracelet I took from my mom :)
  • American Apparel tights

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and almost spring!

 

Friends are the best accessory

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layered gold bracelets The look I rocked at a basketball game Sunday.  Go Bulls! Went with my adorable friend Pascal who is featured in the picture.  We had a great time! Since it was a basketball game, I wanted to wear something cool with a nod to the athletic, and what better than my crazy glam wedge sneakers, shredded jeans and big hoop earrings?

I love the simplicity of this outfit that lets the bold accessories stand out. I also love layering jewelry, and the mixed shape and textures of these two bracelets added simple but noticeable interest. My bag isn’t featured in the pic, because it wasn’t a huge part of the outfit, but it’s this great new mint green quilted bag with gold hardware that I got from Forever 21.  Didn’t have a black bag with gold hardware with me, which is what I would have normally paired with this look.

What I wore:

  • J. Crew Factory Store top
  • Rag & Bone jeans
  • Betsey Johnson sneakers
  • Francesca’s Collections belt
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA earrings
  • Bracelets:  circles from Hot Mama Boutique, other one stolen from my mom :)

 

With Lupita N’yongo in the world, I don’t really need to make an Oscars best-dressed list, but here’s one anyway.

The top five:

Far and away #1:

Lupita freakin’ N’yongo in Prada.

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This.  Girl.  Smart, talented, beatiful, and a sense of style like nobody’s business.  She’s look flawless at every awards show this season (Ralph Lauren at the Globes, and that Gucci at the SAGs), but she blew all my expectations out of the water with this incredible pale blue Prada gown.  The pleats.  The beautiful color against her beautiful skin.  That plunge that she has just the right size chest to pull off.  AND THE ACCESSORIES.

Let’s talk about the accessories:  They’re personal, showing an effortlessly beautiful girl who loves to have fun with fashion.  Her gold cuff was a snake, and she had a delicate little gold ring (layered with a larger blue bauble) that was a frog.  Quirky touches like these made her look all the more unique and perfect.  And the headband.  It’s like a tiara crowing her the princess of the Oscars.  So different, so beautiful.  I heard them call her “Lupitarella” on E!.  That’s just about perfect, but not as perfect as this look.  I think this will be an Oscar look that I will remember for a long time as an iconic, all-time faves–adding to Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy and Mila Kunis’s Elie Saab from past Oscars.

2. Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta

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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.  I would love to wear this dress!  When she walked the fringe moved in such a cool way.  The cut with the spaghetti straps makes it so simple and classically elegant, but the sparkle and fringe are to-die-for fun.  Her wavy hair is amazing, as is her stack of diamond bangles.  You can also see she’s rocking MAJOR silver platforms!  I love the monochrome, for sure the way to go.  Nothing I would change about this look, definitely a fave of the night.

3.  Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

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Here’s another lady whose accessories took her look to a whole new level.  Her red lucite clutch and edgy earrings, not to mention the little details (bows?) on her heels give this dress even more personality.  I love the top and the sheer panels, and her hair and makeup look great.

4. Emma Watson in Vera Wang

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Wow.  Part of me feels like she could have gone for something bigger and bolder for the Oscars, but I mean, this is incredibly beautiful and unique.  I would love to wear this gown–the somewhat sheer bodice almost looks like the world’s coolest tee shirt.  It’s classic and comfortable with an edgy twist, complemented by that cool, piecey pony, perfect red lip. and her killer collection of silver rings.  Beautiful.  What a cool girl.

5. Chrissy Teigen in Monique Lhuillier

Chrissy Teigen in her floral Monique Lhuillier Oscars gown

I  love a floral gown, and the combo of pink and black is always fun.  The cut is perfect, I love loose, wavy hair on red carpets, and those diamond drops?!  Amazing, gorgeous, so flattering on her face and the perfect jewelry for this gown.  The cut of the gown is great, and I love how you can tell it was designed with comfort in mind–the slightly high-low hemline surely makes it easier to walk in, and it’s got POCKETS!!!!

 Other great bits of fashion from the evening:

Kerry Washington’s hair, makeup, and cuffs.

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Maybe it’s that pregnant glow, but Kerry looks radiant.  The darker lip and half-up hair are departures for her, I love their edgy, relaxed beauty.  I also love the look of matched cuffs on both wrists, and thin diamond ones are fresh and fancy.

Amy Adam’s and Cate Blachett’s earrings

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I love the fun colors of Amy’s statement earrings and that they’re from a classic brand, Tiffany & Co.  As for Cate’s, I have no idea how she wore such heavy earrings all night!  From afar they seem to match her gorgeous sheer-and-white dress, but up close they were a beautiful mix of pastel stones (pale blue/green, lilac, and pale pink).  Cate really knows what’s up when it comes to fashion.

Sources:  Most dress info from the E! red carpet broadcast last night, but info on Emma Watson’s dress from dailymail.co.uk, Jennifer Garner’s from justjared.com, Cate Blanchett’s from usmagazine.com, and Camilla Alves-McConaughey from huffingtonpost.com.  All pictures from people. com (see their complete Oscar’s arrival photo gallery here) except: picture of Cate Blanchett from huffintonpost.ca, and pic of Amy Adams from beautyeditor.ca.

We’ve Been Conditioned to Not Make Mistakes, But I Can’t Live That Way

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My look from Monday.

I loved the effortless combo of these crazy sneakers with this easy, comfy dress. And I love it with my big bow ring.

This dress doesn’t come with a belt, but I don’t think I’d ever wear it without one (gotta have the fit and flare!).  For an unstructured dress, it has some great details, like small, cute buttons, a flattering collar, and perfectly placed seams.  And it’s so comfy!

Let’s talk about the shoes.  I really wanted some wedge sneakers that were unique and not too sporty (the classic Isabel Marant-esque ones aren’t really my style).  These off-the hook edgy-glam ones fit the bill.  And of course they’re Betsey Johnson, my fave.

Was wearing a great Forever 21 bag with this that totally matched the shoes, but the chain strap broke early in the day (gotta get that fixed!), so I switched it out for a Marc by Marc Jacobs black nylon bag with gold hardware which also worked, but that I decided not to include in the pic.

I feel like I’m taking new creative risks with my style, and this look is something I wouldn’t have even thought of in the past.  I love that I can keep learning and shaping the way I dress.  Keeping it fresh and creative.   Fashion is such a fun thing to look forward to every day, and I’m having as much fun with it as ever.

What I wore:

  • Topshop dress
  • Francesca’s Collections belt
  • Betsey Johnson sneakers
  • Kate Spade New York ring
  • Hue (?) or Ann Taylor (?) tights
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs bag and necklace

No memory of what earrings I was wearing.

Post title from “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.

Love and have fun with your style.